Hit at 100 mph-plus: Alex Cobb's road to recovery - WFLA News Channel 8

Hit at 100 mph-plus: Alex Cobb's road to recovery

Posted: Updated:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Alex Cobb really doesn't remember the impact. He doesn't really remember even throwing the pitch before it happened. But the minutes after a baseball hit him in the head at over 100 miles hour are still with him nine days later.

"I remember deciding what pitch to throw. I remember I had a curve ball grip, thought about throwing the change-up. Later I found out I threw a fastball," said the Rays pitcher on Monday.

Cobb made his first public appearance on Monday afternoon at the Rays' clubhouse since a line drive from a Kansas City Royals player hit him near his right ear. That was last Saturday, June 15.

"I remember as I was getting wheeled off, looking at the roof of the Trop … kind of doing circles," he remembers.

Pitchers have less than a third of a second to react in those situations. Cobb guesses his quick flinch might've kept the ball from hurting him even worse.

"I remember seeing the ball come back. I might've caught a glance of the ball and subconsciously turned my head, thankfully," he said. "It wasn't really too big of a deal until I got to the hospital and I heard how many people were waiting for me outside and I saw my dad and girlfriend there … the concerned looks on their faces. It didn't sink in for a little while."

Their concern was valid. Cobb had blood coming out of his ear as he left Tropicana Field and since it happened, he's struggled with severe headaches and vertigo. Doctors tell him it's because of the fluid build-up in his eardrum.

"It's with you every second of the day: Whenever you look in a certain direction too quickly or even try to lie down to go to bed," he said. "You're reminded that you have something serious going on and you're not going to be able to fight through that until your body tells you you're good."

He believes it should be a wake-up call for baseball: That pitchers should have the option of wearing protective gear if they want to.

"I don't want it to turn into something where every pitcher on that mound is mandated to wear something. That's everybody's personal choice. It's one that you want to have a little say-so if this incident happens again that you were able to do everything you could to protect yourself, your future … your family," he said. "We're just not given that opportunity right now. It's obviously going to take a little time to get things rolling in that direction. Hopefully it'll speed up the process a little bit."

He is determined to pitch again this season but when that time might come isn't clear.

"In the past – I've had some injuries: ankles, shoulders … whatever it may be to where you can fight through it as a competitor and really just get back out there and handle the pain and realize you're not going to do any further damage to yourself and block out the pain," he said. "But there's just no way to do that with this type of injury: It's with you every second of the day."

Cobb still wonders what that day will be like when he gets back on the mound. Will he flinch more? Will the fear of getting hit force him to focus on that?

"I'd love to sit up here and tell you no…that once I get out there I'll have the mindset that it happened once: It's probably a pretty good possibility it's not going to happen to me again," he said. "But I'm not going to lie: I've had some nightmares about it … how bad it could've been."

But he was in good spirits Monday. He says he's felt the best he has since getting hit and his doctor tells him he things should only get better. He jokes about the boredom he's experienced and says he's been prone to sticking his feet in his pool while he wears floaties to give him something to do.

"My girlfriend gives me a walk twice a day with the dog," he jokes. "That's about the extent of my fun."

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Woman says she bought tainted Hostess donettes at Sarasota gas station

    Woman says she bought tainted Hostess donettes at Sarasota gas station

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:33:29 GMT
    Everyone loves a good donut. But not the ones Jena Slinkard bought Thursday night at gas station in Sarasota. She just wanted a yummy, powdered donut late at night. So she bought a few packs, but when she bit into her normal favorite, Hostess Donettes, she spit it right out.
    Everyone loves a good donut. But not the ones Jena Slinkard bought Thursday night at gas station in Sarasota. She just wanted a yummy, powdered donut late at night. So she bought a few packs, but when she bit into her normal favorite, Hostess Donettes, she spit it right out.
  • Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:37:09 GMT
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
  • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Body found near Polk search area for missing girl

    Body found near Polk search area for missing girl

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:53:38 GMT
    Alexandria Chery, 16, of OrlandoAlexandria Chery, 16, of Orlando
    A decomposed body has been found near the search area for a missing 16-year-old Orange County girl.
    A decomposed body has been found near the search area for a missing 16-year-old Orange County girl.
  • Tampa attorney says taking cover a part of life in Israel

    Tampa attorney says taking cover a part of life in Israel

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:56:30 GMT
    Today in Tampa, young and old, Christians and Jews gathered in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. About 200 of them showed their solidarity and support for Israel in its latest ongoing bloody battle with Hamas. One bay area man watched some of that battle up close. Tampa attorney Mark Wright watched the war unfold on television. Wright is Jewish-American, has friends in Israel and traveled to the Jewish state several times. He said he felt the need to go, to help....
    Today in Tampa, young and old, Christians and Jews gathered in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. About 200 of them showed their solidarity and support for Israel in its latest ongoing bloody battle with Hamas. One bay area man watched some of that battle up close. Tampa attorney Mark Wright watched the war unfold on television. Wright is Jewish-American, has friends in Israel and traveled to the Jewish state several times. He said he felt the need to go, to help....
  • No love for Lyft in the Tampa Bay area?

    No love for Lyft in the Tampa Bay area?

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:36:29 GMT
    Kevin Ludig feels like a rock star – he loves his job at Lyft that much.“You know I keep telling people I feel like a rock star because everyone keeps talking about what I do,” joked Kevin in his sleek Mercury MKS Hybrid. “I love this job.”Kevin uses his life at Lyft as a supplement to his work in solar panel sales.
    Kevin Ludig feels like a rock star – he loves his job at Lyft that much.“You know I keep telling people I feel like a rock star because everyone keeps talking about what I do,” joked Kevin in his sleek Mercury MKS Hybrid. “I love this job.”Kevin uses his life at Lyft as a supplement to his work in solar panel sales.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.